AMS data - comments
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Author:  tomassetti [ Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:48 pm ]
Post subject:  AMS data - comments

Hello. A few comments about the GCR Database (sorry if I am not posting in the right place).

1) AMS01-Protons. I see a typo in the 6th energy point. The mean energy is 1.35, not 1.25 (once plotted, it's apparent by eye).
2) AMS01-Helia. I see data are given vs ekin/nucleon, assuming a constant composition of 3He/(3He+4He)=15%, right?
There are no 3He measurements at HE, but they likely decrease sharply with rigidity (3He/4He~rig^-delta; like B/C). So, such assumption is not really good. I think that fitting these data might lead to a wrong spectral index. In my opinion, a DB should report the original published data (i.e. vs rigidity).
3) General. Mean energies are often "geometric" in low-energy datasets (ACE), and "arithmetic" in some high-energy ones (AMS). It is strange to me: the opposite would make be more sense (LE=arithm.; HE=geom.). That's not important, however, if the bin margins are provided in the DB.

Author:  strong [ Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: AMS data - comments

thanks, this is the right place to put comments on the database, and they are very welcome.
I will check up on them.

Author:  strong [ Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: AMS data - comments

2) The Ek comes from a private comm. as stated. The composition was as stated.
The idea of the DB is to have everything on the same scale, which in this case was not trivial.
In this case an additional entry for the original values would be appropriate, but then would need a flag to show the meaning of the values.

This paper uses AMS01 He, so it will be useful to see how they do it. In fact they discuss the difference between spectra on the Ek and momentum scales, and have to interpolate in order to get them.

In future we could ask experimenters to give spectra binned on both scales.

3) sometimes the authors give the mean, in that case I use whatever is given.
Sometimes only the range is given, then I compute the geometric mean.
The user can also make their own mean from the range.

Author:  strong [ Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: AMS data - comments

I see that point (1) was never corrected, it has been done in GCR_data_10.dat.

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